By Tyler Dalton, Bama Hammer:
The Alabama football team faced more bark than bite in Athens on Saturday. Jake Coker looked poised in the pocket and delivered strikes all game. Derrick Henry and the offensive line abused Georgia up front. The Reggie Ragland and Jarran Reed led defense shut down Georgia until the game was out of hand. Saturday’s matchup was an almost flawless display, so why can’t I stop thinking about the freshmen? Since the beginning of the Saban era in Tuscaloosa, this year may rely on freshmen more than ever before. Calvin Ridley recorded 5 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown while replacing the injured Robert Foster. Minkah Fitzpatrick fought his way into the rotation, totaling 4 tackles, including a sack and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown. Ronnie Harrison continues to compete for playing time and on Saturday he picked off Greyson Lambert.
From Fox Sports:
Nick Saban doesn’t want his Alabama team to care what outsiders think. It doesn’t matter whether it was the questions in recent weeks that maybe the eighth-ranked Crimson Tide were a fading dynasty, or this week’s feverish praise following the team’s most dominating performance of the year against then-No. 8 Georgia. It’s all the same to Saban, who told reporters his message to players will be “the same thing as when you all buried us last week. It really doesn’t matter what you think,” Saban said Monday. “It really doesn’t matter what you say. And I’m hoping that nobody on our team is playing for you.”
By Matt Zenitz, al.com:
Alabama coach Nick Saban identified the Tide’s two most consistent offensive linemen through five games during his Wednesday night news conference. One was to be expected — senior center Ryan Kelly, a three-year starter who has been named one of Alabama’s offensive players of the week after two of the five games. The other? The Tide’s redshirt freshman left guard, Ross Pierschbacher. “He’s done a nice job for us,” Saban said.
By Cindy Boren, Washington Post:
It was cranky Monday after Victory Saturday for Alabama Coach Nick Saban. As college rants go, this one fell short of Mike Gundy’s classic “I’m a man! I’m 40!”, but it was feisty, fiery stuff from Saban, whose team roared back from a loss to Ole Miss by crushing Georgia — in Athens, Ga. The Crimson Tide may be fourth in the SEC West, but it’s in the thick of things with games against Texas A&M and LSU coming up. Because coaches never forget, Saban went off when asked about being written off after the Ole Miss loss and dealing with media criticism.
By Alex Byington and Marq Burnett, Montgomery Advertiser:
Alabama usually has a 24-hour rule following wins where players and coaches are suppose to enjoy the spoils of victory before shifting the focus toward the next game. Still, it wasn’t 30 minutes after Saturday’s stirring 38-10 win over a then top-10 ranked Georgia team that Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was harping on establishing some “consistency” moving forward. “I think it’s one game. I think we need to show we can do it with consistency,” Saban said Saturday. “I don’t think we finished the game like we needed to, which is something that we can learn from.” For a completely overhauled offense that lost a majority of its offensive production from a year ago, consistency has been difficult to find through the first four weeks.
By Charlie Potter, 247sports.com:
In a rare event, Alabama will face a pro-style offense for a second consecutive week. The Crimson Tide will host Arkansas (2-3, 1-1 SEC) this weekend for its third SEC game of the 2015 season, and head coach Nick Saban praised the Razorbacks playmakers on offense. He provided some high praise for Arkansas junior running back Alex Collins, who is the third-leading rusher in the conference with 656 yards and an average of 131.2 yards per game. He also leads the league with 113 attempts this year as the Hogs’ No. 1 tailback. But Collins (154) is not alone. He and fellow tailback Rawleigh Williams (100) both eclipsed 100 rushing yards last weekend against Tennessee.
By Nic Gulas, wiat.com:
The Alabama Crimson Tide had arguably their best game of the season against Georgia last Saturday, and that isn’t lost on the players as they prepare for Arkansas. “We really thought we played the most complete game: offense, defense, special teams,” Ryan Kelly said. “We just played the entire game, the complete game that we could play. We kind of saw how good this team could be and that was a really exciting moment for us.” “We feel like we can do that almost week in and week out and it was just good for us to actually put four quarters together and execute throughout the game,” Jonathan Allen said.
By Matt Zenitz, al.com:
Before heading to midfield for the customary post-game coaches handshake, Nick Saban turned back toward Alabama’s sideline, sought out quarterback Jake Coker and shook Coker’s hand before turning back and jogging to do the same with Georgia coach Mark Richt. The Tide’s 38-10 win over the Bulldogs Saturday was the latest example of Coker being at his best in big moments. Facing the nation’s 17th-ranked defense, Coker played his best game of the season. It was his second straight strong performance since essentially winning the Tide’s quarterback job during the team’s 43-37 loss to Ole Miss Sept. 19.
By Alex Martin Smith, SECcountry:
At this time last week, Jake Coker was under the microscope. Alabama’s senior quarterback had been shaky against Louisiana-Monroe, and many wondered whether he would be up to the task of beating UGA in Athens. But Coker broke out against UGA with a series of well-placed passes, capping off his excellent performance with a 45-yard touchdown to Calvin Ridley that put the Tide up, 24-3. “Jake did a great job today,” coach Nick Saban said postgame. “He changed the protection a couple times. Changed field position a couple times. Played with confidence.”